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James Buchanan
James Buchanan
Photo by Mathew Brady, c. 1850-68
15th President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861
Vice President John C. Breckinridge
Preceded by Franklin Pierce
Succeeded by Abraham Lincoln
United States Minister to the United Kingdom
In office
August 23, 1853 – March 15, 1856
President Franklin Pierce
Preceded by Joseph Reed Ingersoll
Succeeded by George M. Dallas
17th United States Secretary of State
In office
March 10, 1845 – March 7, 1849
President James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Preceded by John C. Calhoun
Succeeded by John M. Clayton
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
December 6, 1834 – March 5, 1845
Preceded by William Wilkins
Succeeded by Simon Cameron
United States Minister to Russia
In office
January 4, 1832 – August 5, 1833
President Andrew Jackson
Preceded by John Randolph
Succeeded by Mahlon Dickerson
Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary
In office
March 5, 1829 – March 3, 1831
Preceded by Philip Pendleton Barbour
Succeeded by Warren R. Davis
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1831
Preceded by Jacob Hibshman (3rd)
James S. Mitchell (4th)
Succeeded by Daniel H. Miller (3rd)
William Hiester (4th)
Constituency 3rd district (1821–23)
4th district (1823–31)
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Lancaster County
In office
Serving with Christian Brenneman, Emanuel Reigart, Jacob Grosh, Joel Carpenter, Henry Hambright
Preceded by Emanuel Reigart, Joel Lightner, Jacob Grosh, John Graff, Henry Hambright, Robert Maxwell
In office
Serving with Henry Hibshman, Jeremiah Mosher, Joel Lightner, Joel Carpenter, Emanuel Reigart
Succeeded by Joel Lightner, Hugh Martin, John Forrey Jr., Henry Hambright, Jasper Slaymaker, Jacob Grosh
Personal details
Birthday/Birthplace (1791-04-23)April 23, 1791
Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Deceased June 1, 1868(1868-06-01)
Wheatland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Resting place Woodward Hill Cemetery
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Parents James Buchanan, Sr.
Elizabeth Speer
Alma mater Dickinson College
  • Lawyer
  • diplomat
  • politician
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Pennsylvania Militia
Years of service 1814
Rank Private
Unit Henry Shippen’s Company, 1st Brigade, 4th Division

War of 1812

  • Defense of Baltimore

James Buchanan Short Bio

James Buchanan, Jr. (Mecersburg, Pennsylvania, April 23, 1791 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 1, 1868) was the fifteenth President of the United States, holding office from 1857 to 1861. He was the only president who never married and the only citizen of Pennsylvania elected president. He was also the last president born in the eighteenth century. His government is criticized for its inaction against the division of the country that would trigger the outbreak of the Civil War.

He represented Pennsylvania first in the United States House of Representatives and then as a senator, was ambassador of the United States in Russia during the presidency of Andrew Jackson and Secretary of State during the presidency of James K. Polk. After rejecting a position in the Supreme Court, President Franklin Pierce appointed him ambassador of the United States to the United Kingdom.

Buchanan was nominated by the Democratic Party for the Presidential Election of 1856 and managed to win the Republican candidate, John C. Frémont and former President Millard Fillmore.

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